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Boston Terriers from Boston!

Since I am in Boston for my nephew's wedding, what else could I do but write about Boston Terriers? 

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Diesel is a true Danger Dog from Abbot Kinney, with a toothy smile.   This painting is by Ram Badahur Lama who stood in for Shahi a couple of trips back.  

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Diesel by Amar Shrestha.   There is an interesting glow around his whiskers.   Amar's signature is below to the right in red.

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You can see the glassy eye effect is my fault.   But the shot does convey Diesel's goofy grin.    I find it cool that the artists often spend time on the harnesses and leashes, and I particularly like the delicate paws in Amar's portrait.   Diesel and his portraits would be at home in Dogmandu.

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This lovely portrait of Ike the Boston Terrier was painted by Sagar.   There is no lettering as Sagar did it on spec, hoping that I would show up and buy it!    I encourage that mindset in my artists and happily bought it.  

Like all the Danger Dogs, these are synthetic enamel painted on metal, about 1 foot square and can be hung indoors or out.  

You can commission your own pet -- or it is a perfect gift for any pet lover who collects art and wants to make a difference.   Each commission will be given to 3 struggling Nepali signboard artists.   You get 3 choices, 3 artists get work, museum stores get folk art!    

I am off again to Nepal soon and am actively taking orders.   Satisfaction is guaranteed as I take no money up front.   If you do not like the artists' portraits, you owe nothing.   The Nepali artists are paid in any case.

Contact me at ampage1@gmail.com with any questions, or go to NepalDog.com to learn more about this fair trade art project.


For Father's Day -- Danger Dogs in ties!

Inspired by a young fan, I will be giving you all an idea for Father's Day!   

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Here is the fabulous Jack Nelson with his Father's Day tie by Shahi of Pokhara.   

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Again, we have Jack (Russell) Nelson is his spiffy tie by Santosh Shrestha, also from Pokhara.   Santosh's daughter loved this portrait so much that she bawled as I carried it away.   These two are still available and would make a great alternative gift to a traditional Father's Day tie.

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Luckily for me, Santosh had forgotten to sign the works, so I got to leave the screaming baby to her mother and she was not there for pick up the next day!  

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But as you can see here, these Nepali children love the Danger Dogs!   Here a young lad kisses Louis the White Lab on the rooftop of our Pokhara Hotel, the Green Tara.  

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This is the Jack Nelson that sold to his Anglophile mother.   As painted by Amar, Jack makes a great counterpoint to the Union Jack.   Maybe we should call him Union Jack Nelson!

This blog was inspired by Matt and here is the tie to his blog.   Best of luck to you, Matt.    If you are ever in Southern California, get in touch.   I can find you a great tie!   And an early Happy Father's Day to all of you!

The Danger Dog Fair Trade Art project lives on!   I will be returning to Nepal in a couple of weeks for the 7th Danger Dog Art trip.   Now is the time to send in your portrait of your pet.   I will give each photo to 3 struggling signboard artists, giving 3 people work and you 3 choices.   There is no risk as you pay nothing up front.  If you do not like any of the 3, you pay nothing!   What a deal!   (The artists are always paid fair trade wages no matter what.)   I'll return in August with your portraits.

Please contact me with any comments or questions at ampage1@gmail.com or visit the website NepalDog.com to find out more.

Micro-finance through art patronage! 

 


The Great Wall of Nepal Dogs at the Craft and Folk Art Museum!

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The Danger Dogs did it again, with a fine wall of dogs to enchant visitors to the Craft and Folk Art Museum courtyard Bazaar.   The cat portions of the wall attracted its share of attention as well.

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They even inspired one young artist to draw her own versions of a Danger Dog.

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This handsome Chihuahua Pomeranian mix enjoyed his shopping.   I had just finished eating a juicy tangerine and he enthusiastically licked my fingers.

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Thanks to everyone who came by and showed their interest in the project and took a card.   I can't wait to see your pets on metal!  

The Danger Dog project is a Fair Trade Art project that supports struggling Nepalese signboard artists in Kathmandu and across Nepal.   You can help by sending me a portrait of your pet.   I will give that photo to 3 Nepali artists giving you a choice of 3 paintings and 3 people work.   

All paintings are approximately 1 foot square, synthetic enamel on metal and can be hung indoors or out.   You can request any lettering including such favorites as 'Enlightened Dog', 'Zen Dog', 'Happy Dog' or the perennial favorite 'Danger Dog'.

There is no risk to you as you pay nothing until you choose one of the 3 artworks.   If you don't like them, you pay nothing.   All 3 artists will be paid in any case.  Satisfaction guaranteed.   No bad karma here.

I am leaving for the 7th Nepal Dog trip soon, so now is the time to order.    Come back to this blog to see my adventures in Dogmandu.

Contact me at ampage1@gmail.com to order or go to NepalDog.com to find out more about this worthwhile micro-finance project.     

To see what is currently available, please go  to NepalDog's YouTube Channel.



Why I love Palm Springs...

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This shot shows the essence of Palm Springs.   Food, art, design and Good Boys!  All at the Terry Martin Gallery.   His ever-changing gallery is right outside the delicious Jake's Restaurant at 664 N. Palm Canyon Drive.   Near Cheeky's and across the street from Trio and Thai Smile.   The paintings shown are by Maria Dudley and Ram Krishna.

This week is Palm Springs Restaurant Week, so come in and enjoy one of these fine restaurants and while you are there...

Stop by and see the Dogs!     The Terrence Rogers Fine Arts Gallery/Terry Martin Gallery is located at 664 N. Palm Canyon.

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The Palm Springs Art Museum!   Dale Chihuly's in the garden, 3, count 'em 3, absolutely brilliant exhibits.    A glass show that was world class.   There was one sculpture featured in their glass exhibit made by an American in the Czech Republic...sublime.  

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I wasn't sure if it was all right to photographs the stunning works inside, but I guess it felt okay outside.   This huge sculpture by Viola Frey dwarfed me!   The world at his feet.   Who could resist those lovely palms up at street level.   Everything was beautiful here.  

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Palm Springs is a modernist paradise which enjoyed its second coming during the Mid-
Century's architectural zenith.   (The first coming was during the prohibition years.)

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There is nothing more beautiful than a large group of Chihuly's beautifully set in a cactus garden.

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Palm Springs has many, many cherry automobiles.   This turquoise 1964 Cadillac convertible with the dramatic palm trees reflected in its attractive boot was parked outside the Terrence Rogers Fine Arts/Terry Martin Gallery.   Terry wished that such lovely cars would park in front of his Santa Monica Gallery.   Guess he's never seen my '59 Cadillac.  I always bicycle to his exhibits.  

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Daniel used to own a Borgward Isabella.   He gave it to someone who couldn't pay to retrieve it after towing...Long story.   This one is offered at over $18,000.   Seems high to me in its 'semi-restored' or some such euphemism for half-baked condition. 

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There was even art behind the local hot coffee shop on the main drag.   Those palms, those mountains, that light.   All conspire to make Palm Springs world-renowned. 

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The last we were in Palm Springs (1997) we stayed near the Korakia while Dan worked on Mel Damsky's Oscar-nominated documentary about the Palm Springs Follies.  But we wanted to stay there.   Instead we were relegated to Gloria Swanson's old pad replete with Orson Wellsian sized fireplace.   Still there and also recommended.

The Korakia hotel is an oasis from another time.   With nary a false note, we found no fault with the last 13 year's improvements.

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This time around, while the Danger Dog opened at the Terry Martin Gallery, we stayed in a trailer park with a world class view.

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We slept out under the stars (and full moon) and woke to this view.   The trailer parks of Palm Springs seem great to me!  

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Memorial Days in Palm Springs.


Danger Puppies

Be very afraid!   These 'Dangerous' puppies may not scare anyone off, but they will make you laugh!

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This Havanese puppy, Desi, is by Hari Timsina of Baneshwor in Kathmandu. 

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Moose the Rottweiler may scare the burglars away now that he is full grown, but here he is just a puppy with a large tongue.   This portrait is by Ram Krishna.

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Lasko the Pit Puppy by Amar Shrestha.

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And Lasko by Hari Timsina features Lasko's cute breast freckles.    This one melts your heart.

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Lasko by Hari Prasad completes the Pitbull puppy trilogy.

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Here's Moose the Rottweiler puppy again by Sufraj Khadka.   

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Here is Desi the Havanese by Punam of Pokhara.   Pirate Dog indeed!

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This Puja Puppy painted by Amar Shrestha was from a photo I took of a very lucky puppy.

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That is a well-loved puppy.   This photo was taken during the festival of Tihar and its 'Day of the Dog'  where dogs are honored with garlands, treats and red 'tikas' as a blessing on their foreheads.  

All of the above puppies are still available.  

You can be part of the 7th Danger Dog trip by sending me a photo of your pet.   I will give that photo to 3 struggling Nepali signboard artists.   That way, you get a choice of 3 paintings of your pet and 3 artists get work.   Satisfaction is guaranteed as you pay nothing until you choose one of the three paintings.    The cost is $250 for your choice of three portraits.  

The artists are always paid fair trade wages.

All portraits are on recycled metal, are approximately one square foot and the artists use synthetic enamel.   You can hang these paintings indoors or out.   You can choose what you would like it to say.   You can also let me know which style of art you prefer for your Danger Dog portrait. 

Cats, birds, hamsters, ferrets, goats, chickens, horses and any other pet you may have are all welcome to become part of this fair trade art project.  

Contact me at ampage1@gmail.com or find out more on line at NepalDog.com.